February 14, 2014
Sports and fitness features not only dominate the wearables market, but continue to drive adoption, according to a report from ABI Research.
Activity tracking, which includes simple step counting as well as more advanced tracking of specific types of movement, was the most popular feature of wearable devices in 2013 -- 16 million wearable devices with this functionality were shipped. After...
February 12, 2014
Approximately 1.6 million smartwatches were shipped in the second half of 2013, and over 17 million total wristworn trackers are expected to ship in 2014, according to market research firm Canalys.
Fitbit shipped the most wearable bands (58 percent market share), which Canalys suggested could be because Fitbit launched its Flex and Force bands in May and October 2013 respectively. Jawbone had...
October 16, 2013
Adidas has announced its entry into the smartwatch market, but with a new angle -- a smartwatch meant specifically for runners.
"We're not trying to make a smartwatch, but probably the smartest running watch," head of Adidas Interactive Paul Gaudio told GigaOm Senior Writer Katie Fehrenbacher at the GigaOm Mobilize event in San Francisco, California.
The device will launch November 1st and will...
October 4, 2013
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Consumer wearable devices -- including fitness trackers, smart glasses, and smart watches -- will have shipped 64 million units worldwide by the end of 2017, according to a new report from Berg Insight. That's up from 8.3 million in 2012 and 3.1 million in 2011, a compound annual growth rate of 50.6 percent.
Berg predicts smartwatches will eclipse fitness...
September 6, 2013
Samsung has announced that its Galaxy Gear smartwatch will launch with 70 native apps -- 12 of which were officially revealed by the company on launch. Of those 12, two are fitness apps RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal. The two apps, which recently announced an integration with each other, will allow users to track fitness and nutrition, respectively, from their wrists.
RunKeeper is not a surprising...
September 5, 2013
The iPhone version of Argus.
This week, Samsung launched its entry into the smartwatch race with the announcement of the Galaxy Gear at a press event in Berlin, Germany, and the watch will serve as a fitness device as well. The watch will get a special version of Azumio's Argus fitness app which also incorporates capabilities of Azumio's Instant Heart Rate and Instant Fitness apps.
July 31, 2013
One way or another, the wrist is going to be a consumer battlefield.
In the world of health and fitness tracking, smartphone connected devices like Fitbit Flex, Jawbone UP, and Basis Band have scoped out the wrist as the ideal place for accelerometers, pulse, and galvanic skin response sensors to give people feedback about their workouts. In the mobile computing sphere, startups like Pebble and...
July 22, 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook is a fan of the wrist-worn activity tracker Nike+ FuelBand
In February, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal confirmed already-circulating rumors that Apple is developing a smart watch. Apple's most recent hiring decisions have further solidified this rumor -- new employees share a common thread of having a mobile health development background, according to GigaOm...
May 24, 2013
Research firm ON World is predicting a fitness tracking capability will be a top consumer requirement for forthcoming smartwatches.
"Some sports and fitness markets will be disrupted by the emergence of new general purpose mobile sensing products such as smartwatches," Mareca Hatler, ON World's research director, said in a statement. “Also, dedicated mobile sensing sports and fitness device...
June 21, 2012
I fly a lot, and I've long been a bit perturbed when people around me – usually young adults who are attached to their smartphones – don't fully turn off their electronic devices, per federal law, when the crew instructs them to just before departure. Why should they be able to sneak in a last few texts or make another call while we're taxiing to the runway when the majority of us are playing by...